Oktoberfest: We charged too much.
Byline: LORNA HUGHES ECHO Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org lorna_hughes @
THE organisers of Liverpool's first Oktoberfest have promised cheaper drinks next year, after admitting they had charged "London prices".
The event saw hundreds of guests partying in marquees set up in Exchange Flags, with dancing on the benches to a live oompah band.
But there were complaints about the cost of the drinks, with the largest two-pint beer steins coming in at PS11.50.
Entry on the first night was free before a PS5 door charge came in for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with PS10 for two Saturday sessions.
Oktoberfest director Carsten Raun admitted the event had "made mistakes" and said Merseysiders had been charged London prices.
But he said Oktoberfest would return to the city next year.
In a statement on the Liverpool Oktoberfest Facebook page, he said: "We learned a lot and bear with us as we made mistakes the first year. But what we do is reducing the beer prices next year, that's a promise.
"We took the London prices, but OK. Hope to see you all 2016 to the second official Oktoberfest in Liverpool."
Bottles of wine were PS20 and a bottle of water PS1. The smaller Mass glass - or one and a half pints - was PS8.50 and half a pint of Oktoberfest beer cost PS3. Bavarian sausages with fries, a pretzel, sauerkraut or salad were PS8.50 and schnitzels with sauerkraut and stampf potatoes PS10.
A traditional German stein of lager like this cost PS11.50 at Oktoberfest Picture: IAN COOPER